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Being Present

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago when we were hiking at the Narrows Park. I remember the afternoon vividly. The air was crisp but not too cold. It was a sunny day and nearly no wind as you can tell from the calm water. I remember looking over and seeing the pile of rocks and thinking that it would make for a good picture. I took pictures from a couple of spots but liked this one the best.

One thing about taking pictures is it makes you pay more attention to details. Another way to think about it is that it forces you to be present in the moment. Being present is certainly an important part of seeing God in all things.

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Shadows

This photo was taken on a flight from Dallas to Salt Lake City earlier this year. I’m fairly certain that is the Colorado River seen at the bottom left.

While there are many things I like about this photo, I find myself amused by the clouds and their shadows seen almost directly below them. The shadows look so different from the clouds themselves, yet it is easy to recognize which shadow belongs to which cloud.

I think this is a beautiful metaphor for God’s presence in our lives.

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Mushrooms

We saw quite a few colorful mushrooms last weekend when we were hiking. Just got me to thinking about a question that keeps coming back to me, namely how did people figure out which foods they could eat in which foods were poisonous? Was it completely trial and error? There’s a fruit in Jamaica called ackee which is poisonous if picked too early but safe if allowed to ripen and open up on its own. Who figured out that this poisonous fruit was OK to eat if you just waited longer for it?

There are so many aspects of our culture and society that are dependent upon those who came before us. Let us be thankful for their courage and learn from their experiences.

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Delicate

This is the Delicate Arch in Arches NP. It seems like an oxymoron to call this stone formation delicate. On the other hand, it seems certain that this arch will eventually crumble due to erosion from wind and rain.

It’s good to remember that everything in this world is delicate (passing away). We are called to “store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys” (Matthew 6:20)

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A Blur

One of the newer features on my phone is the option of converting “live” photos to long exposure photos. It creates a unique effect with a scene like this waterfall from Silver Falls in Oregon.

This is sometimes a built in feature in life – things seem to happen so fast that it becomes a blur. I think that is why it is important to spend time in reflection on a regular basis. It helps “unpack” everything that has recently happened in our life.

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All That We Can See

I have been using this photo as a screen saver recently. As I was looking at it today, I noticed that there is a lot going on in this scene. The sunset naturally draws my attention, but there are some other interesting things that can be clearly seen. There are at least two planes flying across the sky. There are subtle ripples in the lake which causes the reflections to be have a hazy appearance. And there are many birds sitting on the lake.

Often in our lives, there is one circumstance or event that seems so overwhelming as to cause us to lose sight of all the other wonderful things that are present. Let us strive to see and appreciate all that God is doing in our lives.

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